Tooth enamel can be chipped or fractured by an accidental blow to the mouth or a bad oral habit. This might be associated with a sports injury, nibbling on desktop items, or grinding your teeth while sleeping.
When a tooth is chipped or fractured the sensitivity and discomfort can vary. Even if you aren’t experiencing any immediate distress in the tooth, you should still have it examined by a dentist like Dr. Brian Kraft, before an area of tooth decay develops.
This treatment process involves carefully removing the remaining tooth enamel to create an abutment. Then an impression will be created. This will be sent to a dental lab where the dental crown will be produced.
The specific material used for the dental crown will vary depending on the tooth’s location in their mouth. Most dental crowns are made from either gold, base metals, or a special type of porcelain-ceramic.
You will need to return for a second appointment when the dental crown is ready. Once it has been cemented onto the abutment it will restore the tooth’s basic function for many years to come.
If you live in the Payson, Utah, area and you have a chipped or fractured a tooth, you should call 801-465-7966 to have it examined and treated at Payson Dental and Orthodontics.